The Yuchi people, also spelled Euchee and Uchee, are a Native American tribe based in Oklahoma. In the 16th century, Yuchi people lived in the eastern Tennessee River valley in Tennessee. In the late 17th century, they moved south to Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina, settling near the Muscogee Creek people.
The Yuchis lived in villages of houses arranged around a central square where dances and gatherings were held. Sometimes they built walls around their villages to protect them from attack. Yuchi houses were made of clay packed onto a wooden frame.
In material culture the Yuchi are typical of the, agricultural hunting tribes of the south east Atlantic and Gulf coast area, living formerly in permanent villages surrounded by cultivated fields and always situated conveniently near some stream where fish abounded.
Jason Baird Jackson, Yuchi Ceremonial Ground Life: Performance, Meaning, and Tradition in a Contemporary American Indian Community (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002). Frank G. Speck, Ethnology of the Yuchi Indians (Philadelphia: University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, 1909).
“Tanasi,” which gave its name to the state, may have originally been a Yuchi word, as was “ Hogohegee,” the name given to the Tennessee River on many eighteenth-century maps.
The Yuchi settled in the north and northwestern parts of the Muscogee Nation. Three tribal towns which the Yuchi established there in the 19th century continue today: Duck Creek, Polecat, and Sand Creek.
Yuchi is primarily spoken in the northeastern Oklahoma, where Yuchi people live in present-day Tulsa, Okmulgee, and Creek counties, within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s tribal jurisdictional area. In 1997, 12 to 19 elders spoke the language out of an estimated Yuchi population of 1,500 speakers.
Definition of Yuchi 1a: an Indian people of southeastern U.S. b: a member of such people. 2: a Uchean language of the Yuchi people. 3: uchean.
Kushans basically belong to a Nomadic tribe migrated to India from Central Asia. 2. They were the Progeny of Yuchi.
The state’s name, Tennessee originated from the old Yuchi Indian word, “Tana-see,” meaning “ The Meeting Place ”. Tennessee is one of the top hydroelectricity-generating States east of the Rocky Mountains. Did you know?
The Overhill Cherokee lived in settlements located between the Appalachian Mountains and the Tennessee Valley in what is now Tennessee. The Overhill capital, or “mother town,” shifted between Great Tellico, Tanasi, and Chota.
For centuries, the Tennessee River occupied a central place in much of Cherokee political and spiritual life.